Portfolio of Board Members


Vice-President (Odette Scharenborg)

a) Assist the President in coordinating all aspects of ISCA affairs
b) Be responsible for ISCA new initiatives and long term planning
c) Communicate with the ISCA Board on ISCA affairs

Secretary (Torbjørn Svendsen)

a) Help organize the agenda for all Board meetings, along with the President
b) Distribute the agenda to the Board for all Board meetings
c) Take notes at all Board meetings, as well as at related committee meetings (e.g., at Interspeech)
d) After consultation with the Board, distribute such notes to all Board members, as well as to the IAC
e) Hold votes at the AGM
f) Record attendance at the AGM

Treasurer (John Hansen)

a) keep books and records of ISCA's financial state such that its assets and obligations may be established at all times
b) compile a year-final balance, propose a budget for the subsequent year and an extrapolation for a window of several years
c) supported by ISCA's assistant secretary/treasurer who takes care of day-to-day accounting operations

Communication (Torbjørn Svendsen)

a) Content editor of ISCA Newsroom
b) Solicit and integrate information from sub-committee
c) Enhance information flow within the ISCA community
d) Maintain recency of information visible to the interested public
e) Liaison with ISCApad editor

Conference Coordinator (Meg Zellers, Jianhua Tao)

1) Past & Present Organizer Liaison

a) Coordinate all scientific and logistic aspects of the current conference organization
b) Provide guidance and support to current conference organizers
c) Advise and check to stay on track with respect to organization timeline
d) Promote their liaison with other Board members in charge of specific issues (grants, SAC, best papers, satellite workshops, plagiarism, etc.)
e) Wrap up past conferences and check final budget in collaboration with the Treasurer
f) Define and update the INTERSPEECH Guidelines, and Budget template together with Future Conference Coordinator (FCC)

2) Future Organizer Liaison

a) Identify potential future conference organizers
b) Coordinate the bids and decision process
c) Support the ISCA President and future organizers to negotiate the contract
d) Provide guidance and support to future organizers
e) Organize the Interspeech Steering Committee meeting at each Interspeech event
f) Define and update the Interspeech Guidelines, and Budget template together with Past & Present Conference Coordinator (FCC)

Technical Committee
(Bhuvana Ramabhadran, Nancy Chen)

 a) Serve as resource for and to simplify the transfer of information from one Interspeech to the next
 b) Composed of 5 to 7 members, including Technical Chairs from a rolling set of 5 Interspeech conferences
 c) oversee contact with Softconf (START review system)
 d) maintain and update the list of IS Areas and topics
oversee ISCA reviewer base

Education and Training (Phil Green)

a) Education and Training
c) Prepare the proposal of the ISCA Training Schools
d) Monitor the process (at least in the beginning) of selection etc. of ISCA Training Schools
e) Organize the first ISCA Lectures

Fellows (Phil Green)

To make the Fellow selection process working smoothly through the following actions.
a) To encourage nominations if necessary.
b) To summarize the nominations and send them to ISCA Fellow selection committee (and ISCA president and ISCA Secretary) requesting to start the selection process.
c) To arrange ISCA Fellow Selection committee meeting at each INTERSPEECH event with the help of ISCA administrative assistant (Emmanuelle).
d) To update the content of Fellow page of ISCA Web anytime when it is necessary by contacting ISCA administrative assistant and ISCA web.

Industry and Foundation (Bhuvana Ramabhadran)

a) Industry Liaision: Represent industry needs to ISCA by collecting information from industry affiliates. Solicit participation from new affiliates. Solicit Fellow nominations from Industry, urge Industry support for ISCA activities, Solicit Industry for Fellow and Reviewer nominations.

Foundation (John Hansen, Bhuvana Ramabhadran)

a) To solicit support and establish a framework for Named Awards.

ISCA Distinguished Lecturer (DL) (Nobuaki Minematsu)

a) Keep contact with ISCA DL nomination committee.
b) Help arrangements of trips for nominated DLs.
c) Update DL pages of ISCA Website.
d) Update DL Guideline: How to nominate, contact hosts, arrange trips, how to introduce ISCA, make slides, give a talk in the lectures, how to write a report and upload to ISCA archive.
e) Remind and update objectives of the ISCA DL: DL trips -> ISCA Workshop -> INTERSPEECH by being an ambassador of ISCA.

Grants and Awards (Joakim Gustafsson)

a) Administer, process and allocate Travel Grants for students and young scientists
- Grants for INTERSPEECH from ISCA and INTERSPEECH organizers (~60 grants)
- Grants for other events organized or supported by ISCA 

b) Organize Best student paper award selection at INTERSPEECH

c) Procure certificates, plaques etc. to accompany awards and prizes presented at INTERSPEECH
- Computer Speech and Language best paper
- Speech Communication best paper
- Best student paper at INTERSPEECH
- ISCA Fellows diplomas
- ISCA Medal

ISCA Web (Torbjørn Svendsen)

a) To manage ISCA Web that provides the archives of information, the latest updates of activities, and announcements concerning the development of the association.
b) To manage ISCA membership portal, ISCA Board portal, election portal, ISCApad portal and student portal that provide a quality service to ISCA membership.
c) To review and maintain the content of ISCA Web on a regular basis, and to serve as a liaison to facilitate the communication among the ISCA Web, ISCApad, ISCA Archive, and ISCA Video Archive.
d) To initiate and oversee new services that ISCA Web may provide.

Publication and Archives  (Tatsuya Kawahara)

a) To liaise with indexing bodies
b) To handle copyright and plagiariasm issues
c) To liaise with Speech Communication and Computer Speech and Language (e.g. Best Paper Awards)
d) To oversee archiving of Interspeech and ISCA Workshops
e) To oversee the ISCA Video Archive

Special Interest Group (Topic)  (Mahadeva Prasanna)

i) SIG Coordinator: Board contact for Topic-SIGs. Respond to typical questions ("we want to have a workshop, can this be approved?" "how can we get funding/admin help?"). Encourage SIGs to contribute to ISCAPad (periodic reminders). .Help new SIGs get off the ground ("how do I form a SIG?" "What is the format for elections?". "Can I get financial support?") Encourage SIGs to get proceedings indexed and to archive; encourage SIGs to submit special issues to our journals. Ensure that non-SIG activities are coordinated with SIGs (e.g., recent request for ISCA support for a non-SIGDIAL dialog event). Arrange for yearly SIG lunch at Interspeech. Solicit SIGs for Fellow,DL, and reviewer nominations.

Workshops (Mariapaola D'Imperio)
a) encouraging Tutorial Workshops for emerging new sub-disciplines
b) processing workshop applications
c) liaising with workshop organisers, agreeing dates and eliciting reports
d) exploring new avenues for scientific meeting such as virtual conferencing

Special Interest Group (Language)  (Nobuaki Minematsu)

a) Keep updates of Language-Sig networks.
b) Encourage to organize Language-Sigs workshops and summer/winter workshops.
c) Encourage to host ISCA Distinguished Lecturers.
d) Arrange for yearly SIG lunch at Interspeech.
e) Solicit SIGs for Fellow, and reviewer nominations.
f) Respond to typical questions ("we want to have a workshop, can this be approved?" "how can we get funding/admin help?").
g) Encourage SIGs to contribute to ISCAPad (periodic reminders).
h) Help new SIGs get off the ground ("how do I form a SIG?" "What is the format for elections?". "Can I get financial support?")
i) Encourage SIGs to get proceedings indexed and to archive; encourage SIGs to submit special issues to our journals.
j) Ensure that non-SIG activities are coordinated with SIGs.

Special Interest Group (Non-geographical/technical)  (Nobuaki Minematsu)

As for SIG (Language) for non-geographical/techical SIGs.

Student Liaison (Joakim Gustafsson)

To interface between the ISCA Student Advisory Committee (SAC) and the ISCA Board, including but not limited to:

a) Facilitation in call for participation for students as volunteers and also as officers in the SAC,
b) Facilitation in coordination and organization of student activities such as the “Students meet Experts”, “Young Researchers’ Roundtable” and “Student discovers Industrial Challenges” in Interspeech conferences and ISCA Workshops,
c) Facilitation in seeking sponsorship and support for student involvement in ISCA activities and events, e-archiving of ISCA events, SAC publicity and SAC-related web content posting,
d) Organization of the SAC meeting in Interspeech conferences
e) General support for all student-related issues